Ashley Gil, COTA/L
fter returning to Florida from a sudden relocation to Texas, Ashley finally joined the team in 2017 after interning with Interplay years prior where she fell in love with the importance placed on a child’s occupation of play. She completed the Occupational Therapy program receiving her Associate of Science degree in 2013 from Keiser University then received a Bachelor of Health Science degree in 2016 from Grand Canyon University and hopes to pursue the Master of Occupational Therapy degree in the Fall of 2020.
She brings with her to Interplay over 10 years of experience with typical and atypical children, more specifically children with special needs as professionally, she nannied several children and worked in a school established to meet the needs of children affected by the autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and personally growing up with a brilliant cousin with Asperger’s syndrome, loving her beautifully talented goddaughter with moderate autism as her own, and raising her two very active boys which she considers her life’s greatest work.
Ashley always knew she would use her skill set to help others, however, it wasn’t until she started working closely children with autism at the school for special needs that she found her passion for occupational therapy. In a world often focused on one’s disabilities, she was so fascinated by the immense capabilities of these children and young adults. Every little milestone was a huge reason to celebrate, and she just knew from then she wanted to be a part of empowering individuals to become the best possible version of themselves. Ashley truly loves what she does, and she is a firm believer in the quote “if you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life”. It is through occupational therapy that she can fulfill her calling.